2005 Blankiet - Cabernet Sauvignon Paradise Hills Vineyard 750ml

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2005 Blankiet - Cabernet Sauvignon Paradise Hills Vineyard

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International Wine Cellar | 92(+?)

($185) Good deep, saturated ruby. Aromas of currant, bitter chocolate, violet and tobacco. Juicy and penetrating, with firm-edged, slightly green acidity that has not yet harmonized with the wine's fruit. This very young wine will need extended time in bottle to come together. Claude Blankiet noted that the substantial spring rain in 2005 caused the vines "to go crazy," producing a big crop that required a lot of work to control the ultimate yields. A good bit of 2005 wine was ultimately declassified (the equivalent of about 600 cases), he told me, and when Michel Rolland helped out with the final blends, he added some cabernet sauvignon to the Rive Droite cuvee "to give it more middle." The 3.68 pH of this wine is unusually low.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | 95

The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Paradise Hills Vineyard (1,200 cases) reveals a chocolatey espresso roast note with mocha, blackberry and cassis, high tannins, but full body, superb concentration, purity, and an almost Graves-like scorched earth character. This wine needs 3-4 years of bottle age, and should last 25-30 years.

Drink Dates: 2010-2032
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Score: 98
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 08/25/2013
Drink Dates: 2012-2025
Rich, dark and very intense with great balance and structure. Long finish. Near the top of the Napa cabernet class. Nearly perfect and still improving. Has many years to go.
Score: 98
Author: RDL
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/02/2012
Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Very nice -- big, bold cab that is well integrated with tannins, fruit and oak. Coat staining on your teeth!
Score: 94
Author: WineRyan
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 10/21/2010
Really nice nose, complex and pleasurable. Nice fruit on palate, a bit thin overall but real nice backbone. An elegant wine.
Score: 95
Author: BobT
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/09/2009
Score: 94
Author: Pierre T184
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/02/2009
Drink Dates: 2012-2030
Wasn't going to open another for several more years but "noblesse oblige". Unchanged, still closed and tannic, but I believe will round out with a few more years...at least!
More Vintages and Sizes of Blankiet - Cabernet Sauvignon Paradise Hills Vineyard:

2011 (750ml)
2004 (1.5L)
2004 (750ml)
2003 (750ml)
2002 (1.5L)
2002 (750ml)

About This Producer


Located in the western hills of Yountville, in the foothills of the Mayacamas range, Blankiet shares a founding date with Arietta. In 1996, the husband and wife team of Claude and Katherine Blankiet, with the aid of viticulturist David Abreu, and winemaker Helen Turley, created a stable of wines that validate the extraordinary terroir of their 16 acres of vineyards. The first eight vintages were made by Turley, but now the winemaking team consists of consulting oenologist Michel Rolland and winemaker Martha McClellan-Levy.

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